Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, has written to North West Leicestershire’s Tory MP Andrew Bridgen calling on him to back a Bill that would protect the NHS from the Government’s rapid privatisation.
The Health & Social Care Act 2012 requires mandatory tendering of services and gives a role in the NHS to the competition authorities for the first time. It also allows NHS hospitals to earn up to half their income from treating private patients.
On November 21st a Bill introduced by Labour MP Clive Efford will have its 2nd Reading in Parliament. The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill repeals the regulations which mandate tendering of services and restores the Private Patient Income cap to levels similar to those that existed in 2010. In short, it would stop the sell-off and restore the right values to the heart of the NHS.
Jamie has written to Andrew Bridgen MP calling on him to back Efford’s Bill and reverse the privatisation of the NHS seen under this Tory led Government. See the letter here.
Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire said:
“At the General Election in 2010, the Tories stood before the voters of North West Leicestershire on a clear commitment of 'no top-down reorganisation of the NHS’. Shortly after, this promise was carried into the Coalition Agreement with the Lib Dems.
However, within weeks of it being signed, the Tories and Lib Dems in Government brought forward the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in its history, despite huge opposition from patients and health professionals. A reorganisation that placed market forces at the heart of the NHS. Over £10 billion of the NHS budget is now in the hands of private and others providers and a further £5.6 billion of NHS work is out to tender.
Four years on people are struggling to get GP appointments, waiting lists are at a six-year high and the NHS recently missed the cancer treatment standard for the first time ever.
I do not believe that Andrew Bridgen or David Cameron were even given a mandate from the people of North West Leicestershire to put the NHS up for sale. I want North West Leicestershire’s local MP to take this opportunity and correct this mistake by backing a Bill that will protect the NHS from privatisation.”